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In the same empty ice cream container under the sink as I keep my Brasso and my dishwasher products, I also keep a little tin of Silvo wadding.
I use this when cleaning our set of Kings Cutlery which we have had now for about 20 years, We much prefer decent cutlery to the cheaper sets available and have found that if you expend a bit of time and effort keeping your cutlery clean, it keeps them looking brand new.
I clean them about every 3 months or so. We have over 60 pieces in total so it's a task which takes a couple of hours and I generally do it in the lounge on a Saturday afternoon while Sky Sports is on.
The product comes in a little round metal tin with a tight fitting lid. Inside is what looks like fine gauge steel wool, coiled in a roll. It is impregnated with the polish and smells a bit.
You break off a small piece of wadding and use it to rub all surfaces on the item you require cleaning. We don't keep any silver, so I only use it on cutlery.
You will be surprised at how much dirt comes off each item, even if you think you keep your cutlery very clean whether through hand wash or dishwasher. This dirt for the most part clings to the wadding such that within a short time, you have to swap it for a new piece. I find however that by manipulating the piece of wadding so that the bit on the inside becomes the bit on the outside, you can clean about 10 items with one small piece. You don't need much.
Although the dirt comes off on the wadding, the piece of cutlery will look a little dull. I leave it for 10 minutes or so and then give it a good polish to bring the item up to an impressive shine. I test this by looking in the back of a spoon; whatever your normal appearance, doing this makes you look like Andrew Lloyd Webber, but if his features are distinct, then you have done a good job.
No matter how thorough you are with polishing off, you can still smell the product on the cutlery so when the task is complete, I always put all the cutlery items through a hot wash in the dishwasher (I put the glasses in as well so as not to be too wasteful) and then put the whole lot away sparkling clean.
I recently inherited a trumpet that had been up my brother's loft for 30 years. It had belonged to my dad and the memories I had of it were nothing like the black, dirty instrument that was handed to me. Unfortunately the case had disintegrated many years earlier so it had been exposed to the cold and damp in the loft. However I resolved to return this 55 year old instrument back to its former glory.
I set off to the supermarket to see what was on offer and I was amazed at the choice on display. I didn't realise were so many silver cleaners on the market as it's not an item that is normally on my weekly shopping list. I settled on a blue and silver tin of Silvo by Duraglit. I actually remembered my mum using this many years ago for the few pieces of silver she owned and it always seemed to produce good results. With this in mind I purchased a tin. I bought mine in Sainsbury but I am sure you can buy it in most of the big supermarket chains. My tin cost £2.01 which I think is a reasonable price for the 75 grams it contained.
Silvo is actually a soft wadding material that is impregnated with a silver cleaner. There is one long roll of wadding in the tin, a bit like a Swiss roll. Basically you tear off a piece and rub it on the item to be cleaned. It is very moist so be careful you do not drip any onto a carpet or other non-smooth surface or it may leave a stain. I found I only needed to use a small amount of wadding at a time as it was surprising how much of the trumpet it cleaned. You just rub the wadding over the surface to be cleaned but don't expect the Silvo to leave it with a nice shine. Far from it. It removes the black from the item and your wadding will be dirty very quickly, as will your hands. In fact, if you have an old pair of gloves, I suggest you wear them as I found trying to clean my hands afterwards was quite a task. My fingernails looked as if I had been gardening as they were so black! Anyway, after the wipe over with the Silvo you will then need to polish the surface with a soft clean cloth. I used some muslin I no longer needed as I was able to pull it easily through all the nooks and crannies of the trumpet. What a difference it made. I could not believe the difference in the instrument. The shine was fantastic and I could even see my reflection in it. Be warned, if it is a very dirty item you are trying to clean then you will need a good few attempts before it will be really clean. However, if you persevere you will get good results and not be disappointed. Best of all, I have used very little wadding from the original tin I bought so have lots left for the next time I want to do a bit of polishing.
I should add that the tin warns that the wadding can be irritating to the skin, can cause drowsiness & dizziness and should not be used near your eyes. I have to say that I never suffered any of these symptoms so hopefully it would be the same if you used this product. However, I think it is better that you are aware of the warnings.
Silvo is not just for cleaning silver. It can also be used on gold and electroplate. I haven't tried it on either of these so cannot pass comment on this claim. However, if it is as good as it is on silver, I would have no hesitation in recommending it
When you read this review do not be tempted to think that I have a stash of silver! I am so sorry to disappoint anyone but I buy it to clean a couple of trinket boxes that I class as `The family silver!`
I must be abnormal, well I know im abnormal! I love cleaning brass or silver, I find it quite therapeutic.
Years ago I always used the liquid cleaner, but the wadding if far easier, less messy and you only need use a tiny bit to clean with.
I have bought a few bits of silver at the local auction house, I fall in love with them but then sell them on deciding I have no room for them.
The last silver plated item I bought from the auction house was a coffee pot, hot water pot, milk jug and sugar bowl all in good condition but filthy!
So this was a bit of Challenge Anneka...anyone remember her?
Start the clock!
Wash the set over in warm soapy water to remove the worst of the dirt and grime, dry it with an old soft tea towel, lay newspaper on the table to protect the wooden surface, take a small wad of silver wadding and place between thumb and forefinger, apply the wadding to the silver plate and gently rub, curse a little because the tarnish has been there for years and doesn't want to budge!, get frustrated and run to the bathroom, remove the toothbrush from the bathroom mug ( ensuring it doesn't belong to you) point the toothbrush menacingly at the silver plate, look as if you mean business, set to work with the toothbrush bristles at a rate of knots, pay extra attention to that very stubborn piece of tarnish and consider sandpapering it off!, when you are totally satisfied with the result (no raised eyebrows please) then take a soft cloth and gently buff until a high shine is achieved. Look lovingly at the said item/items and place them on Ebay immediately in hope of small profit margin.
Look at the toothbrush, then place it in a bowl with a spot or three of bleach, take out the whitened toothbrush and smile to yourself, go into the bathroom and replace the toothbrush back in its rightful place, swearing it to secrecy obviously!
Stop the Clock! ( It was Anneka Rice who used to say that...not me)
Silvo wadding is perfect for those tasks you love to hate...
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My experience of using 'Silvo Wadding' spans about 12 years. I used to be an Antique dealer and spent many hours happily cleaning silver and silver plate items to sell. I started out using the Silvo pink cream polish which was quite hard work and always took a few applications to really get the dirt out of the silver and bring out the true colour and shine of the metalware.
Most people who deal in silver and silver plate use the Silvo wadding and it was recommended to me for just this purpose. I immediately found it so much easier to use than the liquid polish and much quicker also. With the liquid you need to use a soft cloth or as duster and this doesn't really give any real power to the polish. With the wadding, the slightly rough fibrous quality of it does half of the work for you. However 'Silvo Wadding' does not scratch or damage the surface of the silverware in any way. It just gives it an almost instant clean and shines with the minimum of rubbing involved.
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This product comes contained in a small metal tin with a blue screw top lid. The tin is silver and white in appearance and bears the Royal Appointment seal. It states that the polish is long lasting due to its tarnish guard formula. Inside the tin is one large wrapped piece of wadding, much like thick cotton wool and you pull pieces off the main lump as required. The tin contents are 75g. The wadding is pink and quite wet with a strong polish smell and there are quite a few precautions to be observed to the reverse of the tin.
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IRRITATING TO SKIN - TOXIC TO AQUATIC ORGANISMS - VAPOURS MAY CAUSE DROWSINESS AND DIZZYNESS - FLAMMABLE - DO NOT BREATHE VAPOUR HARMFUL TO CHILDREN - AVOID CONTACT WITH SKIN - DO NIOT USE NEAR FIRE OR FLAME -
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After using this product for many years, I have to say I experienced no ill effects. But I did always wear rubber gloves when using this product to clean. It is really effective and the best silver polish that I have tried. It is perfect for silver plated or silver cutlery, candle-sticks, trays, anything silver that requires cleaning will be benefited by Silvo. Basically the wadding does the hard work and cuts the time of the job in hand by half. -
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£1.87 for 75g from TESCO. Also available: Brasso Wadding for all your brass items.
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75g / Tarnish Guard / Brand: Reckitt Benckiser / For silver polishing and tarnish reduction / Suitable for silver, gold and electroplate / /